This is the secret of a Holy and Blessed Life. Most of our sorrows and disappointments have come on us because we have chosen our own path, and done according to our own will.
In obeying, we must sometimes walk in the dark.
When Noah began to walk with GOD, he knew not that it would lead him into collision with his generation, with the suggestions of common sense and experience, and with much that he held dear as life.
But walking on each day, he grew strong to trust in the bare word of his Almighty Guide, and grasped it as men in the catacombs will keep their hand on a tiny string or cord, until the first streak of daylight appear.
Obey absolutely the voice that speaks in thy heart; the way is dark, but it is the way.
In obeying, we must learn to wait.
For one hundred and twenty years the long-suffering of GOD waited, and during that weary period this true heart failed not.
Then for seven days the patriarch waited within the closed doors.
It is not easy to bear the long strain of endurance.
To rush into the battle, to do something desperate, to strike for liberty - this is the choice of the flesh;
But to live in hourly fear, to toil on without result, to see the years stealing away the bank or shoal on which our heart had erected its structures of hope - this is hardest of all, unless our hope is anchored beyond life's ebb and swell.
In obeying GOD others obey us.
How came it that these creeping things and flying fowls, these living creatures, clean .and unclean, entered the Ark so tamely and submissively?
Surely a Divine constraint was upon them.
When we are under authority, we can say, "Go," "Come," "Do this."
All things serve the man who serves the Divine Master, Christ.